The Art of Possibility – Book Review

Practices and Catch Phrases that transforms your professional and personal life!!

Benjamin and Rosamund Zander, the authors, of the book, have given us an incredible and simple way of practicing 12 methodologies that will let us dwell in the possibilities to face the daily challenges in our lives. 

This book provides an opportunity for personal evolution, not only for you, but also for others around you, for the organization that you work with, or a relationship that you are in. 

This review contains my view about the ideologies in the book for a novel way of defining ourselves and the world we live in. 

It’s more about simple practices like just saying, Have a perfect day to a stranger, could lead the person to sail out into the universe of possibility.

This book is relevant to anyone working in corporate management, marriages/relationships, contributing to your organization or your country to settling family disputes. 

  1. It’s All Invented

We are designed in a way to see things from a defined framework, with the facts that we already know, with what we perceive to be possible. Every dilemma we face appears to be unsolvable until we think from a particular point of view. 

· This chapter is about enlarging this box, thinking outside of the facts that we know, the framework that we were built in, also it not about making up thing magically that doesn’t exist rather shifting the assumptions we have about a situation or a problem to a greater opportunity. 

· Letting your actions and thoughts spring from the new framework. Being more aware of the assumptions that we make and inventing a new way to think out of the box

Take away: Be Innovative, after all, everything out there in the universe is all invented!

2. Stepping into a Universe of Possibility

The place we live in is the “world of measurements”. We assess our success and failures with a set of predefined scales, standards, grades, and comparisons. The universe of possibility stretches beyond the world of measurement to include infinite, generative, and abundant possibility.

· In the Universe of possibility, you set the context and let life unfold rather than setting a goal and striving for it. If you participate joyfully with projects and do not think your life on achieving the mark you can reveal the hidden framework for the possibilities. 

Take away: Be productive, create new ideas, contribute, fall in love with the moments with experience, step into the universe of possibility!

3. Giving an A

Give yourself and everyone around you an ‘A’, Never compare yourself with anything or anyone. As Michelangelo said 

“Inside every block of stone or a marble dwells a beautiful statue, one need only to remove the excess material to reveal the work of the art within”

· Labels that you have been taking are just human inventions, unveil yourself beyond labels 

Take away: Live outside the labels and convictions that hold you back! 

4. Being a Contribution 

· Wake up each day and bask in the notion that you are a gift to others, declare yourself to be a contribution. Expand your horizon, participate and do with joy.

Take away: Contribute, even if it is little!

5. Leading from Any Chair

Supplement your greatness to others, A leader doesn’t need a podium, he/she can lead people from any place and at any point. 

· Listening for passion and commitment is the practice of the silent conductor, Leadership is not a responsibility. Things change when you care enough to grab whatever you love and give it everything.

Take away: Escalate your greatness to the world!

6. Rule Number 6

Don’t take yourself so damn seriously. Humor and Laughter are the best way we can get over ourselves, it’s something that can bring us together around inescapable quirks, confusions, and miscommunications.

· Be open and aware, the transformation happens. The transformation is a shift in how we experience the world, and the shift happens continually, often just beyond your notice.

Take away: ‘Lighten up, go for it! Smile more, make others smile!

7. The Way Things Are

It is to be present and including our feelings about the way things are. It is not the same as accepting things as they are. It simply means being present without resistance. 

· If we include mistakes in our definitions of performance, we are likely to glide through them and appreciate the beauty of the long run. We have to come out of denials, blames, and clear the cloudy judgments and then all sorts of pathways begin to appear.

Take away: Go with the Flow!

8. Giving Way to Passion 

Releasing your self barrier and participating as a whole is the simple way to practice passion. We have to dare to let go of the edge of ourselves, participate to find a way to passion.

Take away: Participate, Go, Grab that vibrant energy from the universe!

9. Lighting a Spark

Being ready to participate, willing to be moved and inspired. offer others what you have got. Not no doubt that others are eager to catch the spark. This practice is nothing more or less than passionate energy to connect, express, and communicate.

· Stop thinking in a downward spiral and scatter light in all directions, lightning sparks from person to person, sometimes they pass magically from another to another.

Take away: Be the spark, own your spark!

10. Being the Board

Be the chessboard, Instead of Being a pawn in it. The best way to practice this chapter is to declare “I am the framework for everything that happens in my life”.

· When you name yourself as the board your attention turns to repairing a breakdown instead of complaining about the framework.

Take away: own it!

11. Creating Frameworks for Possibility

This methodology is about sustaining the framework that brings forth possibility. A vision-led objective is something that is needed to take the downward spiral into the arena of possibility. 

· In an environment of possibility, you have to know that sky is not the limit.

Take away: Have a vision that unites people.

12. Telling the WE story

This is an entity that personifies “togetherness”. WE appear when we set aside the story of fear and struggle. Listen and look for the emerging entity. 

· Always see the picture from a WE point of view “what do WE want to happen here?”, “what’s best for US?”, “What’s OUR next step?”.

Take away: Play as a Team! 

I would conclude with a note that this book touches all these topics at an extraordinary depth where people can connect to the different incidents in their own life, and it reconnects any type of readers and the book cannot be read in a single go, as it has a lot of things to process. Reading it chapter-wise and giving some time to soak in the concept would be my suggestion.

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